O’Keefe is one of the best – and that’s official

23rd October 2017

Specialist wins “Contractor of the Year” award from ISG.

Work by O’Keefe Construction on four recent projects for ISG has won the specialist contractor a prestigious award from the main contractor.

O’Keefe will receive a “Contractor of the Year” certificate to mark the much sought after award. The four projects were Project Mint, Walsingham House, Lombard Street and Kew Gardens.

Project Mint in Peninsula Square, south east London, involved a raft slab, ground beams and pile caps, deep drainage, six concrete lift cores with restricted working head height, internal paving and feature stairs.

Walsingham House Project Images

Walsingham House (pictured) involved the construction of a basement slab and under-slab services including two 4.5m deep pump chambers under an existing building with restricted headroom. It also featured the construction of lift and stair cores using both slip form and twin wall systems.

This project on Seething Lane in East London is encircled by existing buildings and a neighbouring hotel which meant all deliveries had to be craned onto site. Another challenge was that there was no storage area internally. Yet O’Keefe operators received several green cards.

Lombard Street, also in East London, involved ground works and concreting including slip forming 13-storey core walls which took place throughout the day and night.

Kew Gardens in Richmond involved external and internal hard landscaping, road service trenches and services. O’Keefe removed the existing road and built a new one, built up new internal walkways, and laid trench covers for internal new and existing service trenches. The company will also be carrying out internal paving works.

ISG divisional director Eamonn Wall said: “At Project Mint we noted the proactive manner in which some challenges were dealt with and the careful way the difficulties in the ground were overcome. This included unforeseen conditions and working cooperatively alongside the piling contractor.

“At Walsingham I did two safety inspections in the past quarter and the project consistently scored top marks for presentation and site logistics. Lombard Street was noted for the core construction, the safe delivery and speed of which impressed all of us.

“All in all across the board O’Keefe have performed incredibly well, without fuss and are a deserved winner of the award.”

Shane Mason, project director, ISG southern, said of the Kew project: “Tony [Ballard, O’Keefe’s supervisor] has won green cards for good safety performance and O’Keefe have consistently been one of the top-performing sub-contractors at Kew as well, so it is well-deserved.”

O’Keefe Construction London regional director James Bourke said: “We are absolutely delighted to win this award which recognises not only our top-priority focus on Health and Safety but also our ability to work flexibly and in an innovative fashion in extremely challenging conditions.”